"While there's some soreness, he's ready to go," manager John Farrell told reporters. "The way he went down, it didn't look promising. We were somewhat anxious to see how he would respond."
Espinosa is off to a promising start a season after being demoted to the minors.
"I’m happy for him, because I’ve been that guy," manager Matt Williams said, per The Washington Post. "So I know the dedication that it takes to work back and be the player he wants to be. And so far, he’s been really good. His approach is good, his intensity is good, his attitude’s fantastic, and he loves to play. So I’m happy for him."
Espinosa has moved his way into the starting lineup due to Ryan Zimmerman's thumb injury forcing Williams to play second baseman Anthony Rendon at third base.
"I’m just trying to help the team and do my part," Espinosa said. "We’re missing a couple key guys in our lineup. I’m just stepping in and trying to do my part so we can be successful this season and hopefully make a playoff run. When you play every day, obviously your timing is a lot better. When you’re facing 96 every single guy out of their ‘pen, if you’re getting one at-bat, it looks like 106. You can’t really slow it down. But more at-bats does help your timing."
Hardy is batting .316 (6 for 19) with two doubles and four RBI in his last five games.
Mesoraco doubled in a run in the fourth, and singled in the fifth and ninth innings.He finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI. He is hitting .515 with three homers and 11 RBI in 33 at-bats.
Abreu launched a two-run home run in the fifth and doubled in a run in the ninth. He added another double and finished 3 for 6 with two runs scored and three RBI. In his last two games, he has five hits over nine at-bats. He is hitting .243 with five homers and 17 RBI in 74 at-bats.
Jones had singles in the first, third and sixth innings, respectively, before ripping a double in the ninth inning. He finished 4 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI. He is hitting .313 with one home run and eight RBI in 67 at-bats.
Wright had singles in the third, sixth, seventh and 10th innings, respectively. He finished 4 for 6 with a run scored and an RBI in a 4-3 win in extras. He has four multi-hit games over his last five. He is hitting .316 with one home run and 11 RBI in 76 at-bats.
Morneau drove in runs on a ground out in the third and a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. He also singled in a run in the first and launched a two-run home run off reliever Jacob Diekman in the seventh inning. He finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and five RBI in a 10-9 defeat. He is hitting .344 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 64 at-bats.